POLICE have released the name of a 52-year-old Shoalhaven Heads man who fell to his death from a cliff at Gerroa on Wednesday.
Wayne Bailey was on an afternoon outing, that turned to tragedy.
Inspector Ron Davis of Lake Illawarra Area Command said the man was walking on the northern side of Black Head Reserve about 12.45pm when he fell.
“Unfortunately he has gone too close to the cliff edge and fallen backwards over the cliff, landing on rocks 25 metres below,” Insp Davis said.
Police, ambulance and State Emergency Service crews attended the scene, with the Ambulance Rescue Helicopter called.
Paramedics attended to Mr Bailey at the bottom of the cliff edge but their efforts were in vain and he was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained.
At the time of the incident, Mr Bailey had been walking with another man, who was helping police with their inquiries late on Wednesday.
The matter will be referred to the coroner.
“There were some blustery conditions, and wind could have been a factor,” Insp Davis said.
“It is also a grassy area leading up to the cliff edge and he may have just got too close to that ... it is a pretty dodgy edge.”